Check Out These Vintage Lifehacks That Are Still Useful Today!

If we want to have our dose of lifehacks or pictures, we would use Google. Things were different in 1885, though. I mean, back then smoking was considered cool and harmless!

Tobacco manufacturers would put cards inside the cigarette packs to stiffen them. Those cards had pictures of Native American chiefs, baseball players, and, yes, sometimes even some lifehacks.

These cards show some tricks you might find useful. If you like these cards, and would like to see some more, you can visit NYPL Digital Collection.

How to Extract a Splinter

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Pull Out Long Nails

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Make a Fire Extinguisher

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Treat Sprains

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How to Tell the Points of the Compass with a Watch

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

A Hint When Boiling Potatoes

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Carry a Heavy Jug

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How to Light a Match in the Wind

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Kill a Tree Stump

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Make Corks Fit

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Measure With Coins

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Detect Escaping Gas

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Cool Wine with Ice

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

When Boiling Cracked Eggs

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Clean an Oil Painting

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Make a Simple Gate Latch

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Remove Sea Stains from Brown Shoes

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Preserve Valuable Vases

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Clean an Oil Painting

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Pick Up Broken Glass

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Adjust a Door

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Revive Cut Flowers

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

How To Test Butter

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

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